Back in Town

I spent a chunk of this week up in Raleigh, at the new home offices in Research Triangle Park. It’s kind of cool, being right there next to the IBM facility that kicked off RTP. I have to say that all in all, I much prefer driving to Raleigh over flying to Chicago. Chicago is nice and all, but when I’m up for work there isn’t that much time for fun and socializing anyway so I ended up always doing the same couple of things within a few blocks of the apartment in Lincoln Park.

I did make it up to Duke on Monday night and got to spend a little time with Mike Geoghegan and Doug Kaye and Sam Levin and Tim Bourquin and JD Lassica, as well as meeting a boatload of new people or people I know from online but had never met in the real world. I wanted to go back Tuesday night but I just didn’t have it in me to make the haul back one more time. I missed seeing Tony Kahn and Eric Rice couldn’t make it at all, so that was kind of a bummer.

I started to listen to one of the sessions yesterday (after they finally turned it on so you could get the streams off campus) and the Duke dude introducing it was so factually incorrect on so many points that I didn’t think I could concentrate on work whilst listening to it. I’ll have to go back and relisten to the podcast of it, and maybe play it on my show. All I could think was “Wow, that’s really …. something.”